TOPPER'S Restaurant at The Wauwinet
TOPPER'S Restaurant at The Wauwinet

TOPPER'S Restaurant at The Wauwinet

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.toppersrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (508) 228-8768
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:8.00-10.30(We suggest for breakfast) Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Brunch: 11.30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Zachary
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Two semi-private dining rooms are available, The Sunroom and TOPPER'S. Please call for availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Restaurant Manager 5082288768x6501
  • Special Events: Wauwinet Lady will start running daily from the White Elephant for lunch and dinner beginning June 27th.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Nantucket Town is nine miles from The Wauwinet. The inn provides complimentary jitney service 12 times daily from 9 AM to 11 PM. We pick up from the Information Bureau on Federal Street, we also pick up from the White Elephant Hotel from 6.00pm-8.00pm on the hour.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of Space.
A word from TOPPER'S Restaurant at The Wauwinet
TOPPER`S is able to offer an elegant dining experience in our cozy dining room. Restaurant guests who prefer a more casual experience are invited to enjoy dining on our awning-covered, heated deck. The lower patio is perfect for relaxing with a cocktail overlookiing TOPPER`S garden and the Head of the Harbor. The sunsets are stunning. These outdoor areas are ideal to fully appreciate the tranquility and the magnificent setting of the inn.
TOPPER’S is located at The Wauwinet, the only Relais & Châteaux property on Nantucket. Winner of the Wine Spectator Grand Award for many years, TOPPER’S is known for it`s culinay standards and service standards, on-site herb garden, and innovative use of the freshest local ingredients guarantee an unforgettable dining experience. Visitors without vehicles can take The Wauwinet Jitney from Federal Street in downtown Nantucket, or enjoy a complimentary boat ride on The Wauwinet Lady which launches from The White Elephant Hotel
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
TOPPER'S Restaurant at The Wauwinet reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (29)romantic (27)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (23)great for outdoor dining (21)scenic view (21)great for lunch (9)good for groups (6)great for brunch (4)neighborhood gem (4)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Must Visit
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This should be on everyone's special visit list. If you only can make it to one restaurant on Restaurant Week make it Toppers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Same as last time
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Same great food, outstanding service, and one of the nicest dining rooms with real fire place and all. 3 course prefix menu is a good balance for price and amount of food...is just the right amount of food to enjoy (they add a couple if tasting items so it's more like a 5 course). Six course tasting menu is great if you want to try a lot of items from the menu. Hamachi appetizer was unbelievable. Their very talented Pastry chef makes killer ice cream if you are in the mood for a simple desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary every year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Toppers is always fantastic. Staff, food and wine are always fantastic. We go just about every year on our anniversary and it just keeps getting better and better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacuar Views, Matching Dining
    sandyp
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was looking for a quintessential Nantucket establishment to celebrate my four year dating anniversary with my boyfriend and feel that Toppers was all that I envisioned! We had a reservation for sunset and enjoyed their outdoor lounge area for a drink prior to heading into a perfect 6-course meal. The service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and a sunset
    realfoodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Tremendous view and sunset. Outstanding food and a quiet, comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Mudfie119
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great dinner as always. Only problem was large piece of plastic in cheese course Management deducted price get our complaint Overall a great night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what it used to be
    Jaslove
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have been going here for over 10 years. Had our rehearsal dinner here in fact. It's consistently rated zagat best on island and is still highest rated hotel and Resturant by Mobil and others. Suffice it to say the prices are reflective of these ratings. But The food was tasty but ineffectively executed. I had the chefs tasting and believe it or not the amuse and the complementary parfeit were most notable. Wife had the halibut and it was covered in foam yes foam made so popular at the turn of the century that I couldn't even tell it was fish. The room while stately was very dated and they don't have frette linens nor are they pressed table clothes anymore. Server seemed to get lost at another table close by for 20 minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better choices
    Steve
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Over-priced, food good but not fabulous. Many better restaurants on Nantucket!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food....service could improve
    northend
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    food was good, service however was unenthusiastic. No issues of attitude, but nothing was sharp or on point. Bread for instance took three requests and finally came to our table 10 minutes after tables that were seated after us received theirs. Wine was poured and subsequently poured by me after obtaining the bottle from the wine chiller behind me. Not the end of the world, but could be improved upon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family of 4
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Toppers was great we had a wonderful meal the staff was over accomidating ...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don't miss this gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I thought we would be having an ordinary hotel dining experience. Far from it! Food is fabulous and so is service. Don't miss this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit precious
    SGK10023VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Beautiful outdoor setting- perfect for a cocktail at sunset. The interior feels quite dated- white washed wood, a bit late 80s and stuffy. Food was good, but nothing cutting edge. Too much explanation of the menu. Servers sometimes disappeared. Was pleased with them remembering my mothers birthday and writing a message on our dessert. Favorite dishes were the foie gras terrine and the pork. Duck egg was very unique and yummy. The San Vincenzo cocktail was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant on the Island
    QuietDiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you want a sophisticated meal away from all the drunks and rowdies at most of the in-town restaurants, it is more than worth it to take the trek out to Topper's. Even better, they have their own boat the takes you there and back from town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Spot...
    HCBMiamiVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    While on Nantucket, lunch at Toppers is an absolute must!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sally
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My Husband and I took the launch to Toppers for lunch. Our son and girlfriend rented mopeds and met us at the restaurant. We were served outside. We all had lobster and salads. The Frits were very good. Bloody Mary's very refreshing. My husband and took the shuttle back because we wanted to have a leisure lunch. The lunch dropped us at toppers at noon and was leaving at 1:30 that did not leave a lot of time for a leisure lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • taxi on the water - with great food
    NJFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Impressed with presentation of food. The ride on the water taxi was outstanding and a highlight for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be.
    Morr
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Lovely restaurant in an idyllic setting. However, although the food was good, we had to remind ourselves we were in classy Nantucket instead of Coney Island. Wished the dress code and no-cell phone rules were enforced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 159 reviews are from the TOPPER'S Restaurant at The Wauwinet reviews archive.
  • Dinner out during the week
    Grammy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very elegant with wonderful service. The only reason for a 4 Star with regard to food is that the menu is very limited. The food had many flavors and was quite nice. My Halibut was soft but the flavors were from the veggies, not the fish and thus the fish was bland. The Beef tenderloin was excellent. Limited appetizers, entrees and desserts to choose from.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relax
    Dajsdx
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A remote setting provided a quiet outdoor dining experience with views of the harbor. The food was excellent (although the omelette was on the small side) with the granola being a highlight as well as the island-roasted coffee. While the price was not insignificant it was no more than the restaurants in Nantucket Town were charging without the quiet and the view. (We had a cottage in Sconset so did not stay at the Wauwinet but it looked lovely.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, embarrassing service
    JimmyACKVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Having spent the last 20 years of my life coming to Nantucket over the summer Topper's was a place I visited occasionally. This time the food was outstanding but the service was just chaotic and playing the "Benny Hill theme music" could sum it all up. From watching waiters and management walk by our table with empty plates, making us pour our wine, listening to plates being dropped every five minutes, and seeing other tables looking at each other tables shrugging and wondering where the service staff was just not what I expected. The food deserves better staff and the customers should get better service considering the price we're paying and that it's a Relaix & Chateau. Inexcusable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nantucket Must!
    ReneeVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    There are so many fabulous restaurants on the island, each with their claim to fame, but Topper's is the only restaurant where you can enjoy amazing food ...and watch the sunset over the water while sipping your martini....and just when you think you are in heaven, the sun begins to sink lower and an unspoken custom encourages that you leave your table and walk through their gates to get as close as to the water without getting wet... and this is where we all wait. Wind blowing, quietly chatting, peacefully watching for the end of our Nantucket day. It is so spiritual and magical.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch
    PaulNAckVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The menu for lunch is a little limited, but the available selections are prepared wonderfully. Buttermilk fried chicken sandwich is great. The service as always was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful View, Not so great food
    jennifer2085VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Appetizers and dessert were so delicious! Entrees were so bland and strange. Really put a damper on the whole meal. Would recommend American Seasons or even Sea Grille for delicious food! This place is only good for the outdoor scenery.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection is pricey
    PaulNAckVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    House made brown bread, butter poached lobster, and fantastic wines are just a few of the reasons to eat at Topper's. The superior service is provided by professionally trained people who have worked at this seasonally open restaurant for years and years. It's expensive, but if you're going to splurge, I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience
    ASDJr
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We had dinner during restaurant week and we were overwhelmed by the food and wine options but most of all the service. We could not remember a more memorable dining experience on Nantucket or any where else, Everything was perfect from the pace of the meal to the ambiance of the room. We would highly recommend Topper's to anyone interested in a special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • memory maker
    DandSVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    My husband and I took a trip down the coast. First Maine>>Nantucket and ended on Martha's Vineyard. Topper's was wonderful. We saw the most beautiful sunset and followed it with the most delicious dinner in the beautifully decorated dining room. Memory made to last a lifetime!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NormanVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    substantially overpriced in all respects. nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Disappointment!
    Yummy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Normally, we love this restaurant, but I don't think their kitchen is ready yet for the new Summer season. We hope the food preparation is better the next time we visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular island location
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    You hear a lot about Topper's sunset views, which were indeed spectacular even on a cool October night. However, the food was even more amazing. Every bite was layered with different flavors in the creatively combined dishes, making you wish it would linger longer. The kind of restaurant where you want the chef bring you anything- it will all be delicious. The service was impeccable and gracious. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over the top!
    Nativenantucket
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Four of us went to Toppers' for restaurant week. We could not have been more pleased. The smiling waitstaff was courteous and attentive. The sommeliers' suggestion was spot on. The food abundant and delicious. Dessert divine. At $45. a head this is the best deal I've had and highly recommend the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toppers is located in one
    zeker1VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Toppers is located in one of Nantucket's most beautiful hotel / resort. Fabulous grounds and spectacular views. Service is very polished and attentive. It might even be considered over the top but, enjoyable none-the-less. Food was terrific but the menu was a bit limited--could use a broader selection of fish entrees--seeing its on an island. I had short ribs which were outstanding. They were prepared sous-vide and were absolutely the most tender and succulent ribs I've ever had. Very attentive staff. Impressive wine list. As expected, prices were very high.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Nantucket
    Ptillie
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Toppers is one of the best restaurants on Nantucket. The food, ambience, and service are all five stars. The dining room, while full, never feels "crowded", and the wait staff makes sure that each table feels like it is the most important. If you can, splurge on the caviar, a special treat that is beautifully presented, and tastes wonderful. Dinner here is always a special occasion! We never tire of dining at Toppers at the Wauwinet . . . a gorgeous and delicious ending to a 15 year anniversary stay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Fantastic service and food! Only downside is that it's fairly quiet this time of year (September) because it's the off-season, so for a pair of New Yorkers the atmosphere seemed too quiet. But very impressive otherwise!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Place
    IslandFan
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Excellent food and service make Topper's the place to go for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toppers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Loved the bost ride to/from the restaurant. Enjoyed our meal!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food. Got lucky
    suevVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Excellent food. Got lucky with the weather and view, service was impeccable . We had the same waiter as last year and he also remembered us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful surroundings
    Ronbro
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Food was very good but if one has food allergies (GF/DF) this is not the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Susan
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Try the lobster rolls. Can't get any better than these!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining at its best!
    FantasticVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Having dined at The White Elephant for 10+ years I can honestly say this restaurant NEVER disappoints. The service and food is the best one can expect. The menu changes from year to year and the chef manages to exceed my expectations again and again. Ambiance galore, great place for a birthday, engagement family celebration or just for a special dinner. Don't make a mistake, go to the White Elephant you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous evening-like a Homecoming
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Topper's never disappoints. The staff remember everything about you from the prior year-cocktail and food preferences. I mean everything. The drinks were perfectly prepared, the food was delicious, all per usual. The wine list is encyclopedic, you can't go wrong. This restaurant is one in a million. We'll be back this season, and will lament the date of closing, as always.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.